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Cooking

  • Tandoori is a style of food named for the Tandoor in which it's cooked

    Tandoori chicken is an Indian dish marinated in yogurt, lemon juice and a mixture of some or all of the following spices: ginger, garlic, cumin, chili powder, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika and garam masala (if you can find it).

    The marinated chicken is baked at a high heat using either wood or charcoal in an Indian Tandoor oven, a cylindrical oven made of clay. These ovens are typically used in India for baking many types of bread and also for roasting meat.

  • One-dish meals are easy, convenient, and allow cooks to spend less time in the kitchen

    What could be easier than breakfast, lunch or dinner, all in one dish? With everyone looking for ways to spend what free time we have, these delicious, no-fuss meals are the perfect way to still enjoy our free time while spending less time in the kitchen.

  • Try marinated or grilled mushrooms with chicken/shrimp kabobs

    For a number of years now since I’ve been “retired”. Friday evenings have been known as “Martini Friday,” as we bid ado to another work week. Before you even ask, we do limit our intake to a maximum of two martinis. Also, “real” martinis are only made with gin, but that’s another discussion for another day.

  • Saltimbocca tastes so good you just want to keep eating it

    Saltimbocca is a dish made traditionally with veal, but also with chicken or pork, in combination with prosciutto and fresh sage leaves, sometimes including a slice of Italian Fontina cheese and even topped with capers.

    Italian for “jumps in the mouth,” saltimbocca is a dish that you just want to keep eating because it tastes so good.

  • Corn on the cob is plentiful and available at local farmers markets

    It was flavor that drew me to corn. When they are fresh, pulled right from the fields, they are crisp and flavorful.

    Even though it’s available year round, I love corn in late summer when it is at its peak. Like tomatoes, corn is best when grown locally. Check out our local farm markets and farmers markets. Usually, the corn sold there has been picked that morning, unlike corn sold in the local super markets. Corn loses it freshness quickly.

    Corn Trivia

    Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica.

  • Lunchtime doesn't have to be just a can of soup or a sandwich

    When it comes to lunches, most of us just open up a can of soup or throw some deli meat and cheese on some bread and call it lunch. Or maybe we’ll open up some yogurt or cottage cheese and add some fruit or fix a little green salad and wash it all down with a Diet Pepsi. Maybe we’ll just stop at a fast-food diner and eat in or bring it all home.

    Or maybe, we’ll actually think about it, and create an easy and scrumptious salad or sandwich or soup that we couldn’t get at a restaurant.

  • Local farmers markets have an abundance of fruits and veggies

    It’s summertime and the salads are easy. Fruits and vegetables are now at the peak of their season, so all you have to do is clean them, peel or cut them and just toss them into a salad bowl and enjoy their raw, fresh taste.

  • Many dishes are passed down from friends and family members

    I’ve been writing this food column for just over four years now, and occasionally I like to share some of the many recipes from readers who have been kind enough to forward them to me.

    Some of you even provided me with a sampling of your creation. I must admit I enjoy the occasional break from cooking.

    I have also received e-mails asking me for recipes that you had saved and can no longer find or you just need a specific recipe for a special occasion. I hope my responses have been helpful.

  • The best French onion soup I've ever had is made with chicken broth

    When it comes to making good, hearty French onion soup, most cooks would consider it heresy to use chicken broth. Thirty years ago, when Americans started making French food (thanks to Julia Child), beef broth was the only way to go.

  • Before tossing that steak on the grill, let's review the basics

    This holiday weekend is the beginning of the grilling season for many in the country, and no matter where you live, new equipment, new techniques, new cookbooks, new recipes and ingredients can add to your cooking repertoire.

    Gas grills are still the most popular type of barbecue, and some even include a built-in smoker box for smoke cooking. Charcoal grills are still used a lot today.